Why DID visigoths care about burning Rome?
One interesting nuance about the visigoths, is that prior to burning and sacking Rome, they were allies of Rome, who frankly were treated as the fighting dupes for the Roman nobility and emporers.
Fritigern, appealed to the Roman emperor Valens to be allowed to settle with his people on the south bank of the Danube….. Valens permitted this, as he saw in them “a splendid recruiting ground for his army.” However, a famine broke out and Rome was unwilling to supply them with the food they were promised nor the land; open revolt ensued leading …the death of a Roman Emperor and the destruction of an entire Roman army.
Fiesty people they were. Then the Romans made peace with them. Ultimately, Alaric I, the visigoth king got tired of being disdained by “true Romans.” The Romans were content to allow the barbarians to get enough citizenship rights so the ‘absorbed’ barbarians would do the Roman dirty work, allowing the Roman nobility to sit at home admiring their profiles and have a daily bath.
after the western general Stilicho was executed by Honorius in 408 and the Roman legions massacred the families of 30,000 barbarian soldiers serving in the Roman army, Alaric declared war. After two defeats in Northern Italy and a siege of Rome ended by a negotiated pay-off, Alaric was cheated by another Roman faction. …On August 24, 410, Alaric’s troops entered Rome through the Salarian Gate, to plunder its riches in the sack of Rome.
Maybe the visigoths were clinging to their gods, guns and religion. Maybe they were simply tired of being treated as if being other than Roman made them stupid, easily taken advantage of barbarians. Whatever the case, they were done.
Rome continued to rely on their fighting stock to help them maintain their borders
The Visigothic Kingdom was a Western European power in the 5th to 7th centuries, created in Gaul when the Romans lost their control of their empire…Honorius, the emperor in the West, enlisted the aid of the Visigoths to regain control of the territory…The Visigoths’ second great king, Euric, …in 475, forced the Roman government to grant them full independence. At his death, the Visigoths were the most powerful of the successor states to the Western Roman Empire
Strategy word to the wise from history: never underestimate the uneducated riff-raff.